48 Hours in TEL AVIV (By A Professional Tour Guide)


If you’re planning a visit to Tel Aviv as
part of a tour in Israel or if you’re coming only for a short weekend then this video is
for you. My name is Oren and I’m a professional tour
guide and in this video I’m going to show you how to plan two full days in Tel Aviv. Now if the weather is good (not too hot, not
too cold) then I would recommend starting here at Gan HaPisga in Jaffa. Now there are a couple of ways to come here:
you can either take a taxi or take a bus to Sderot Yerushalim and then walk it (it’s about
500 meters’ walk) or the best way in my opinion is to bike here. Tel Aviv is flat and small and twenty minutes
from the city center will get you almost anywhere in the city. So you can either rent a bike at your hostel
or hotel or use Tel Ofan, which is the Tel Aviv rental bike service. It costs 17 shekels a day, which is about
5 dollars, and you need to remember that it is per day and not per ride. You cannot pay only for one ride. After you pay you choose the bike that you
want and you just go. Now you need to remember that you can only
ride them for half an hour each time and then you need to bring them back to a Tel Ofan
station. There are stations all over the city. Once you bring the bike back you can take
them again for another half an hour of use. If you use the bike for more than half an
hour then you pay an extra fee. Below this video I will leave a link with
all the important information. Anyway I recommend starting here at Summit
Garden (Gan HaPisga) and from here you have a beautiful lookout over Tel Aviv and from
here it is very close to the Jaffa small alleys. It is basically 3-4 short nice streets so
you can walk all of them and no matter how you go eventually you will find yourself in
the main square, Kdumim Square, where you will see the St Peter’s Church. The church has an interesting story that is
connected to the separation of Christianity from Judaism. In the square you can also visit the visitor
center, which is underground. It is a very small museum but it tells the
story of Jaffa in an interesting way with a lot of videos. From there you can continue down the alleys
to the port and from there it is a couple of minutes’ walk to the clock tower and there
you’re basically very close to the flea market, which is a great market. In Old Jaffa you will see many tourists, in
the flea market you will see many Israelis that come to look, buy, bargain and eat. There are some great restaurants that opened
up in the past couple of years (Onza, Ramesses, Puaa, Shafa) and many other great places. Hatachana is a compound that was renovated. It is where the first train station connecting
Jaffa and Jerusalem was and today it is a nice relaxing shopping area. Right next to it is the IDF, the Israeli army
museum, so if you’re interested in the Israeli army it’s a nice place to visit. And from there you are basically at Neve Tzedek,
the first Jewish neighborhood of Jaffa, and today a very trendy neighborhood. From there you can continue to Rothschild
Boulevard and then you are in the center of the city. You can visit Sarona which was a German colony
that was renovated a couple of years ago and today it is a really nice place and there
is also a food market over there. From there you can continue to Dizengoff Street,
one of the most-known streets in Tel Aviv and in Israel. The best museum in central Tel Aviv is the
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, probably the most important art museum in Israel. The collection represents mostly artworks
from the leading artists of the 20th century, worldwide and Israeli art. Now I recommend taking a tour: there are not
many, I think only once a week, but it is worth it. I will leave all the information and the links
down here below. The slogan of Tel Aviv is the city that never
sleeps and it is really so. If you want to go out you just need to go
out, it doesn’t matter where you go: Allenby, Rothschild, where I am right now, Dizengoff,
the Carmel Market, the flea market, Florentin, wherever you will go out you will see people
sitting outside in the middle of the week, middle of the night, people are outside. I will say that the more you go to the south
it will be more alternative and the only place that I wouldn’t go is the area of the central
bus station but there are no hotels or hostels there anyway, so you don’t have any reason
to go there. But other than that everything is open and
safe and great. I would recommend starting your second day
on the northern part of Tel Aviv. You can ride along the promenade and then
along Park HaYarkon to Tel Aviv University. If you are not a bike fan or if the weather
is not good you can always take a bus or if you’re coming outside of Tel Aviv you can
also take the train: there is a station called Tel Aviv University. Inside of the Tel Aviv University there is
the Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfusot). Now if you will ask Israelis where is the
Museum of the Jewish People nobody will know where it is so you need to ask where Beit
Hatfusot is. The museum shows different aspects of Jewish
life. There is a permanent exhibition about different
synagogues from around the world and a very good movie that explains the different Jewish
prayers. For children there is an exhibition about
Jewish heroes throughout history, from leaders to cultural figures, artists and philosophers. It is a very liberal museum which makes sense
as it is in Tel Aviv, not in Jerusalem. There are also very interesting temporary
exhibitions: when I was there I saw one about Bob Dylan. Now not too many tourists and Israelis visit
Beit Hatfusot but I personally think that it is a very good museum, especially if you
want to learn about Judaism but not from a religious point of view. Five minutes’ walk from the university there
is the Rabin Center. Now the museum is about Yitzhak Rabin, the
Israeli Prime Minister that was murdered by a Jew in 1995. But in the museum there is a part that is
called the Israeli Museum and it explores the history of the state of Israel, the country’s
development, conflicts and challenges. I can say that as a tour guide there are many
sites where I can talk about the history of Jerusalem or sites that are connected to Jesus,
but the Israeli Museum is the only place that presents the full history of the Land of Israel
– a subject that I get asked about more than any other subject. Right next to it is the Eretz Israel Museum,
not to be confused with the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The museum is about the archeology and the
history of Israel. There is a section called Man and his Work
about ancient methods of weaving, baking, jewelry- and pottery-making in the Land of
Israel. The first archaeological dig in Israel was
Tell Qasile, which is a part of the museum today, but most visitors to the museum visit
the temporary exhibitions which are really, really good. All three museums, Beit Hatfusot, Yitzhak
Rabin Museum, and Eretz Israel Museum, are good but seeing three museums is way too much. After one or two museums you can continue
to Park HaYarkon or cycle to the Tel Aviv Port, which is an area of restaurants, cafés
and shopping. Or cycle back to the city center. The north is very clean and quiet: if you
want more life then go back to the center: you can always go to Shuk HaCarmel, the most-known
market in Tel Aviv. I’ve said it in a video about Jerusalem: something
good is going on in the markets in Israel. A couple of years ago it was a place to buy
cheap fruits and vegetables and today it’s a great place to eat, shop and to feel the
vibe of Tel Aviv. Daytime and nighttime, there are so many great
places to eat there (HaMinzar, Basta, Da Ban) and many others. Near Shuk HaCarmel every Tuesday and Friday
there is a very nice art and craft fair at Nachalat Biniamin Street. Around the area of Shuk HaCarmel, Nachalat
Biniamin, Bialik Square there are many old buildings that were renovated. Most of them are in the Bauhaus or the eclectic
style. Now if you’ve read a little bit about Tel
Aviv you’ve probably heard about the Bauhaus style. This is why Tel Aviv is called also the White
City because the Bauhaus buildings are painted in white. Now this style is very important but it was
brought here by German Jews in the thirties. I personally like more the eclectic style
that started right here in Israel. Anyway if you want to relax you can always
head to the beach. Tel Aviv has a beautiful promenade. And this is what tourists do in Tel Aviv,
this is what the people who live in Tel Aviv do: go to the beach, this is the most important
place in the city. Tel Aviv never looked to the east, to Jerusalem;
Tel Aviv always looked to the west, to the sea, and the soul of Tel Aviv lies on the
beach That’s it, guys. I hope you enjoyed this video. I did another video about the best hotels
and hostels in Tel Aviv and one about the best tours that you can take in Tel Aviv,
so you can check them out. If you like this video then please help me
grow my channel and subscribe. If you have any questions, then you can please
leave them down here below. And see you in the next video. Bye for now!

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